Course title
Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry

rzeznicka izabela irena

xiaobin zhang
Course description
This course introduces foundations of analytical chemistry at the undergraduate level. You will study conventional, optical and electrochemical methods of chemical analysis. Basics of data acquisition and treatment will also be taught. In addition, you will acquire the knowledge about separation techniques, vibrational spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Purpose of class
The aim of this course is to help students understand basic methods for gathering qualitative and quantitative information about the composition of the matter and how those methods can be used to solve analytical problems.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. The students will become familiar with methods used for chemical analysis.
2. The students will become familiar with basic optical and electronic components used in chemical instrumentation.
3. The students will understand how to acquire data and analyze them.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction to Analytical and Instrumental
Read Chapters 1,2,8* 90分
2. Calculations used in Analytical Chemistry Read Chapters 3,4* 100分
Problems #1 90分
3. Errors in chemical analysis.
Statistical data treatment and evaluation.
Read Chapters 5,6,7* 100分
Problems #2 90分
4. Chemical equilibria. Read Chapters 9,10* 100分
Problems #3 90分
5. Classical methods of analysis. Read Chapters 13,15* 100分
Problems #4 90分
6. Separation techniques. Read Chapters 31,32,33* 100分
Problems #5 90分
7. Exam #1 Review material for exam #1 300分
8. Spectrochemical methods.
Components of optical instruments.
Read Chapters 24,25* 100分
Problems #6 90分
9. Spectrochemical methods.
Molecular absorption and fluorescence
Read Chapters 26,27* 100分
Problems #7 90分
10. Atomic spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Read Chapters 28,29* 100分
Problems #8 90分
11. Electrochemical methods.
Basic electrical and electronics components.
Read Chapters 18,19,23* 100分
Problems #9 90分
12. Vibrational spectroscopy. Read Chapters 16,17,18** 100分
Problems #10 90分
13. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Read Chapter 19** 100分
14. Exam #2 Review material for exam #2 300分
Total. - - 2780分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Exam 1 Exam 2 Problems Total.
1. 10% 10% 10% 30%
2. 10% 10% 15% 35%
3. 10% 10% 15% 35%
Total. 30% 30% 40% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Exam #1 will contribute 30% to your grade.
Exam #2 will contribute 30% to your grade.
Problems will contribute 40% to your grade.
Students need at least 60% of the full score to pass this course.
Textbooks and reference materials
*Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry 9th Edition by Douglas A. Skoog, Cengage Learning 2013

** Principles of Instrumental Analysis, 6th Edition by Douglas A. Skoog, F. James Holler , et al. Cengage Learning 2007
Basic Chemistry, General Chemistry A
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Contact via e-mail, the e-mail addresses to Xiaobin Zhang: zxiaobin[at]
  • Contact via e-mail, the e-mail addresses to Izabela Rzeznicka: izabela[at]
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
About half of the classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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